DIY Wooden Lantern Craft

 


What You'll Need:

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STEP 1:

A) Stain 26 blocks, 2 dowels, and 4 large beads. Let dry. 

STEP 2:

A) Assemble a corner post by gluing 3 blocks together, end to end. Tip: For all future steps, hold the blocks together until the glue sets up.

B) Repeat this process to create the other three corner posts. Let all four sides dry.

STEP 3:

A) Assemble the lantern base by gluing 8 blocks together, stacked side by side. Let dry. 

STEP 4:

A) Glue a block on one long side of the base. Center it between the ends. Let dry.

B) Glue a block on the other long side of the base. Center it between the ends. Let dry.

C) Glue a corner post on each end of the block from Step 4a. Let dry.

D) Glue a corner post on each end of the block from Step 4b. Let dry.

STEP 5:

A) Glue a block at the top, in between the first two corner posts.

B) Glue a block at the top, in between the second two corner posts.

C) Glue a block at the top, on the third open side.

D) Glue a block at the top, on the last open side.

STEP 6:

A) Glue the four wood beads to the bottom corners of the lantern base. Let dry.

STEP 7:

A) To add dowels, measure and mark the length of each side with a pencil. You will need eight pieces. Tip: Be sure to measure each section individually, as the lengths may vary slightly between corner posts.

B) Use a craft knife and score around the dowel on the pencil line.

C) Break at the score mark.

D) Sand the ends until smooth.

STEP 8:

A) Glue the dowels to the top sections of the corner posts. Let dry.

B) Glue the dowels to the bottom sections of the corner posts. Let dry. 

TA DA!